Southwestern Exposition And Livestock Show Hold Annual Meeting

The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show’s membership gathered yesterday for their annual meeting that encompassed annual reports and addressed business matters pertaining to the 2013 Show. The annual meeting also allowed for the election of officers, four new executive committee members, seven new directors and the elevation of five honorary vice presidents.

Oklahoma Governor Signs Horse Slaughter Legislation

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation authorizing a horse-slaughtering facility in Oklahoma. Fallin signed the measure into law on Friday, three days after the state Senate approved its final passage. It had previously passed the Oklahoma House. The measure lifts a 50-year-old ban on horse slaughtering and ends the prohibition of horse-meat processing for export […]

Oklahoma Horse Slaughter Bill Likely to Get Fallin’s Support

Gov. Mary Fallin has offered general support for a bill to legalize horse slaughter in the state. “I think it’s a bill I can support,” Fallin told the Oklahoma Farm Report, a syndicated radio agriculture report, concerning House Bill 1999.  Read more from this article at Tulsa World.

Okla. Horse Slaughter Bill Author Denies Financial Motivation

Skye McNiel, R-Bristow, said she proposed House Bill 1999 to help the horse livestock economy and open up an outlet for people to dispose of their horses. Critics, however, call it a conflict of interest meant to boost finances at her grandparent’s horse auction, the largest in the state. Read more at The Oklahoman.
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Hauling A Horse? New USDA Rules Effective March 11

trucktrailerThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has instituted its Animal Disease Traceability Program (ADTP) to improve its ability to trace livestock, including horses, in the event of a disease outbreak. The new system applies to all livestock moving interstate.

2013 Brings Unexpected Tax Relief For Horse Owners

According to Forbes, “Not everyone was happy on January 2 when President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act, notably those whose first 2013 paychecks were smaller than the ones they’d received in 2012. But the law gave horse owners a reason to raise a glass in a belated New Year’s toast, as it […]